Beef Vindaloo
Beef Vindaloo
5 from 1 vote
Discover a bold and flavorful dish with tender meat in a rich, aromatic sauce. This recipe packs a punch with a perfect balance of heat and spices, creating a delicious symphony of flavors. Try this unique and satisfying meal for a culinary adventure like no other.
Beef Vindaloo

Beef Vindaloo is a bold and flavorful dish that hails from the sunny shores of Goa, a southwestern state in India. This spicy curry is a fusion of Portuguese and Indian flavors, created during the time of Portuguese colonization in the region.

This recipe has a reputation for being one of the hottest curries in Indian cuisine, thanks to the fiery combination of red chilies, vinegar, and aromatic spices.

The balance of heat and tanginess in Beef Vindaloo makes it a beloved dish among spice enthusiasts and adventurous eaters alike.

Although Beef Vindaloo may seem intimidating due to its reputation for spiciness, it is actually quite simple to prepare at home.

With the right combination of ingredients and a little patience, you can create a mouthwatering dish that will transport your taste buds straight to the vibrant streets of Goa.


Beef: The main protein source in this recipe, beef is typically cut into bite-sized pieces and cooked until tender in the flavorful vindaloo sauce. It adds a rich and hearty element to the dish.

Vegetable Oil: Used for sautéing the onions, garlic, and ginger, vegetable oil helps to cook the ingredients evenly and adds a subtle depth of flavor to the dish.

Onions: Providing a sweet and savory base for the vindaloo sauce, onions are diced and cooked until soft and translucent. They add a subtle sweetness and aroma to the dish.

Garlic: A key flavor enhancer in many Indian dishes, garlic adds a strong and pungent flavor to the vindaloo sauce. It is minced or crushed and sautéed with the other aromatics.

Ginger: Known for its warm and slightly spicy flavor, ginger adds a zesty kick to the vindaloo sauce. It is typically grated or minced and cooked with the onions and garlic.

Malt Vinegar: Adding a tangy and acidic element to the sauce, malt vinegar helps to balance out the richness of the beef and spices. It provides a slightly sour note to the dish.

Tomato Puree: A concentrated form of tomatoes, tomato puree adds a rich and velvety texture to the vindaloo sauce. It also contributes a bright and fruity flavor to the dish.

Ground Cumin: A warm and earthy spice, ground cumin adds a nutty and slightly bitter flavor to the vindaloo sauce. It is commonly used in Indian cuisine for its aromatic qualities.

Ground Coriander: With a citrusy and slightly sweet flavor, ground coriander adds a refreshing and aromatic element to the vindaloo sauce. It complements the other spices in the dish.

Turmeric: Known for its vibrant yellow color, turmeric adds a warm and peppery flavor to the vindaloo sauce. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and a slightly bitter taste.

Chilli Powder: Adding heat and spice to the dish, chili powder imparts a fiery kick to the vindaloo sauce. The amount used can be adjusted to suit your spice tolerance.

Salt: Essential for enhancing the flavors of the other ingredients, salt helps to balance out the dish and bring all the flavors together. It is added to taste.

Fresh Coriander: Also known as cilantro, fresh coriander is a popular herb used for garnishing Indian dishes. It adds a fresh and herbaceous flavor to the vindaloo and brightens up the dish with its vibrant green color.

Serving Suggestions and Variations

For serving suggestions, serve the Beef Vindaloo with steamed basmati rice or naan bread to soak up the flavorful sauce. You can also serve it with a side of cucumber mint raita or a simple green salad to balance the spiciness of the dish.

To add some variations to the Beef Vindaloo recipe, you can try using different cuts of beef such as stewing beef or beef chunks for a heartier dish.

You can also add vegetables like potatoes, carrots, or bell peppers to the dish for added texture and flavor. For a twist, you can substitute the beef with chicken, lamb, or even tofu for a vegetarian version of the dish.

  • Try adding a tablespoon of coconut milk towards the end of cooking for a creamy and rich flavor.
  • For a smokier flavor, you can roast the whole spices like cumin and coriander before grinding them for the recipe.
  • If you prefer a milder dish, reduce the amount of chili powder or omit it altogether and add more turmeric for color and flavor.
  • For a tangier twist, you can add a squeeze of lemon juice or a splash of tamarind paste to the dish to enhance the acidity.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Beef Vindaloo?

Beef Vindaloo is a spicy and flavorful Indian curry dish made with tender beef cooked in a tangy and spicy vindaloo sauce. It is a popular dish from the region of Goa, India.

Is Beef Vindaloo very spicy?

Beef Vindaloo is known for its bold and spicy flavors, but the level of spiciness can vary depending on the recipe and the individual’s tolerance for heat. Typically, it is on the spicier side compared to other Indian curries.

What are the key ingredients in Beef Vindaloo?

Some of the key ingredients in Beef Vindaloo include beef (usually stewing cuts), vinegar, red chilies, garlic, ginger, onions, and a blend of warm spices such as cumin, cinnamon, and cloves.

How is Beef Vindaloo traditionally served?

Beef Vindaloo is traditionally served with steamed rice or Indian bread such as naan or roti. It can also be paired with some cooling yogurt-based raita or a side of pickles.

Can Beef Vindaloo be made ahead of time?

Yes, Beef Vindaloo actually tastes better the next day as the flavors have had a chance to meld together. It can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for a few days or frozen for longer storage. Just reheat it before serving.

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Beef Vindaloo

Beef Vindaloo

by Nabeela Kauser
Discover a bold and flavorful dish with tender meat in a rich, aromatic sauce. This recipe packs a punch with a perfect balance of heat and spices, creating a delicious symphony of flavors. Try this unique and satisfying meal for a culinary adventure like no other.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 468 kcal


  • 500 g Beef diced
  • 3 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Onions finely chopped
  • 4 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1- inch Ginger grated
  • 3 tbsp Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder adjust to taste
  • 300 ml Water
  • Coriander for garnish (optional)


  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large pan over medium heat.
  • Add the chopped onions and sauté until they start to turn golden brown.
  • Add the minced garlic and grated ginger, and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Add the diced beef to the pan and brown it on all sides.
  • Stir in the malt vinegar, tomato puree, ground cumin, ground coriander, turmeric, chilli powder, and salt. Cook for 2 minutes to toast the spices.
  • Pour in the water and bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan, and simmer for about 1 hour or until the beef is tender and the sauce has thickened.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander if desired.
  • Serve hot with steamed rice or naan bread.


Adjust the amount of chilli powder according to your spice preference.
This dish can be made ahead of time and tastes even better the next day after flavours have melded.
Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 468kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 24gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 88mgSodium: 667mgPotassium: 539mgFibre: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 197IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Beef, Beef Vindaloo, Cooking, Curry, Food, Meat, Recipe, Spicy, Vindaloo
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